Rhode Island Interagency Council on Homelessness

With affordable homes remaining difficult to obtain, rents unusually high in Rhode Island and the rise in foreclosures due to the challenging economy homelessness continues to be a major problem. The total number of people served at emergency shelters last year was 4,398, including 700 families (The year before the number was 4,228.) 44 percent of Rhode Island’s homeless in 2010 were families; 26 percent were children.

Governor Lincoln Chafee, along with CSH, the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Housing and the United Way, signed an Memorandum of Agreement re-establishing the state’s Interagency Council on Homelessness. The Interagency Council brings together leaders from the state’s departments to use their expertise to end homelessness in Rhode Island. This agreement punctuates the Governor’s commitment to ensuring all Rhode Islanders have a safe, healthy and affordable home.

CSH's Role

Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Housing and UWRI teamed up to provide the resources needed for CSH to coordinate, oversee and administer the work of the Council. CSH, will spearhead collaborative efforts to advance the Council’s mission, providing expertise in local, state and national models for creating systems change. With the support of the Governor’s office, CSH will increase the understanding of homeless populations in Rhode Island, and the programs available to assist them.


Governor Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Housing and United Way of Rhode Island.

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"This public-private partnership will make available dedicated staff to the reactivated Interagency Council on Homelessness, which will develop and implement strategies and programs to ensure a coordinated, effective response to reduce and hopefully eliminate homelessness in Rhode Island," said Governor Chafee.



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